Serial cellphone swiper sought

Cops believe this guy is behind a string of burglaries across Southern Brooklyn.
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Cops are searching for a sneak who has been menacing Southern Brooklyn, stealing cellphones, cash, and other electronics from numerous stores since February.

The creep’s latest caper was on March 27 in Sunset Park when he clipped the lock on a security gate outside a Fifth Avenue store between 55th and 56th streets and swiped a few cellphones sometime between 5 am and later in the morning, according to authorities.

Officials believe he is the same rogue connected to seven similar incidents dating back to Feb. 6, when someone got into a Bath Beach phone store on 86th Street between Bay 31st and Bay 32nd streets to swipe cellphones sometime between 8:30 pm and dawn, police said.

On Feb. 19, the allegedly same jerk then broke into an 18th Avenue store in Bensonhurst between 76th and 77th streets through a side window, and ran off with cellphones, cash, and a cash register sometime between 7 pm and the next morning, according to authorities.

And then two days later, on Feb. 21, apparently the same malefactor clipped the lock of a security gate outside another Bensonhurst store on 20th Avenue between 84th and 85th streets and stole numerous cellphones, an Apple computer, a computer hard drive, and cash, sometime between 7:30 pm and the morning, officials said.

On March 6, the baddie broke into a Bensonhurst deli on 18th Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets through a side window and fled with cash and a cash register sometime between 3:15 am and 4:15 am, police said.

On March 11, the nogoodnik clipped another security gate outside a Sunset Park store on Eighth Avenue between 54th and 55th streets sometime between 10:30 am and 9:30 pm, but left empty handed, officials said.

The serial pilferer tried again on March 14, breaking into an 86th Street store in Bensonhurst between 20th and 21st avenues, and swiping multiple cellphones sometime between 2 am and 4 am, according to authorities.

And on March 24, the punk tossed a brick through a Sunset Park store window on 56th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues at about 4:30 am and ran off with an armload of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy cellphones worth $5,000 in total, police said.

Police are asking anyone with information about crimes to call (800) 577–8477, submit tips at, or text 274637 followed by TIP577.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

Posted 12:00 am, March 30, 2017
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